2013: Focus on Health, Not Another Diet, to Lose Weight

For many Americans, losing weight is at the top of their New Year's resolutions list.  Unfortunately, most overweight people choose the latest trending diet - one that promises quick results with mimimum effort.  Although many individuals will initially lose some weight on a fad or trending diet, studies have repeatedly shown that the weight lost from these diets almost always comes back. 

Leading nutrition experts agree that long-term, sustained weight loss is not about yo-yo dieting.  In fact, there is a growing body of evidence that this type of dieting may have harmful health consequences.  The consensus among nutritionists (and physicians who place an emphasis on nutrition-based wellness) is that if an individual focuses on health and fitness, sustainable weight loss will occur naturally.

So, instead of resolving to go on yet another diet (and, in all likelihood, setting yourself up for yet another failure), resolve to incorporate healthier eating habits and adopt a more active lifestyle on a long-term basis.  If you need help getting started, the following are excellent resources:

Dr. Atkin's Vita-Nutrient Solution  Nature's Answer to Drugs by Robert C. Atkins, M.D.

While I am not a fan or supporter of Dr. Atkins' ideas about dieting nor his diet book, this particular book is a good resource on how "vita-nutrients" (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs and hormones) can be used in the treatment and prevention of many medical conditions and chronic diseases and shows the reader how they can create a personalized program to help improve or regain his or her health.
 Perfect Health:  The Complete Mind Body Guide by Deepak Chopra, M.D.

In this book, Dr. Chopra explains and outlines a complete step-by-step program of natural mind and body medicine that can be tailored to individual needs.  The program is based on the ancient system of Ayurvedic medicine and the goal of the program is to re-establish the body's essential balance with nature, strengthen the body-mind connection and use the power of quantum healing to transcend the ordinary limitations of disease and aging.

Ten Years Younger:  The Amazing Ten-Week Plan to Look Better, Feel Better and Turn Back the Clock by Steven Masley, M.D.

In this book, Dr. Masley outlines a 10-week program that is designed to combat the root causes of accelerated aging, which include poor nutrition, certain popular diets, environmental toxins, stress and exposure to free radicals.    The book is packed with information that aids not only in taking off years, but excess weight.

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